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Woolgrowers make a gift fit for the Prince William
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Apr '11
The gesture to dress Prince William with wool donated by over 200 Australian woolgrowers is to benefit a unique Australian charity: the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

As one of Prince William's nominated charities, the Flying Doctor will be the beneficiary from the private sale of the surplus Australian Merino wool suit lengths. The cloth was made from fibres sent in from woolgrowing properties, representing every Australian state and landscape.

The wool followed the path it has taken for over 200 years, since the first bale of Australian wool was sent to England for a suit for King George III.

From Sydney, Australia the donated wool was scoured and combed in Biella, Italy by Pettinatura di Verrone, before being dyed and spun at Bulmer & Lumb in Bradford - woven at Taylor & Lodge in Huddersfield, UK, then tailored into a fine suit fit for the Prince by Anderson & Sheppard in Saville Row, London.

Marketing Director of Taylor & Lodge, Edward Waterhouse, said “For hundreds of years Taylor & Lodge has worked on fine woven wool cloths. It gives our staff great satisfaction to have helped the Australian woolgrowers make a gift fit for the Prince and to contribute to this invaluable service.”

Last month it was announced that Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton had nominated the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) as one of only three non-United Kingdom charities to benefit from a gift fund established for the upcoming Royal Wedding.

Australian Wool Innovation CEO Stuart McCullough added “The project to dress Prince William in the lead-up to his wedding was initiated by woolgrowers as a gesture of thanks to his father, HRH The Prince of Wales as his global Campaign continues to raise the awareness of wool as a natural and renewable fibre.”

Mr McCullough added a small sample of the final cloth will be sent to every Australian woolgrower who contributed to the bale as a fitting way to commemorate the occasion of Royal wedding.

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

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